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Things to do in Bogota

Bogota is the largest city and the capital of Colombia and it is a melting pot of people, who come from multi-cultural and diverse backgrounds. The city has the largest number of research centers and universities in Colombia, and has many libraries, theatres, and museums. The population of Bogota stands around 9 million, and it is situated around 2640m above sea level. Bogota is a city that offers a unique experience to all visitors, and is considered to be a world-class tourist destination in South America.

Bogota Tours

There are many interesting things to do in Bogota, since there are lots of outdoor spaces, where tourists can explore a bit of history, indulge in the food and customs and check out the local customs. Bogota is divided into different sections, which includes The South, which is the poor section, El Centro, which is where all the cultural heritage locations are in the city, El Occidente is where all the major sporting events are held in the city, as well as outdoor parks are over here, and the North is the place where the most modern development has taken place. During the past few years the city has grown exponentially, and now tourists can check out so many things to do in Bogota. There are many historical landmarks and colonial buildings located in the city, which is something every tourist must do when they visit Bogota. There are lots of museums, libraries, art galleries, concert halls, and cultural centers located throughout this great city. The Cathedral Primada is another place to check out, as it is the largest church in Colombia, while one more recommended activity is a visit to the Presidential Palace, where you can witness the Presidential Guard.


What to do in Bogota


The biggest city in Colombia, Bogota, has definitely got some amazing places for you to visit, and every traveler that comes to the country leaves with memories that will last a lifetime. Some of the most amazing places to visit in Bogota include the Colombian National Museum, which has got an extensive collection about the history of the country. Other great places to visit include Maloka Museum, which is another place that will provide you with lots of information regarding the history and formation of this great city. If you’re looking for fun and excitement then you should check out Bolivar square, which is a melting pot of people in the city, and is where all the fun happens. Other amazing places to visit in Bogota, which guarantee a great time is the Salitre Magico and Guadalupe Hill, where you can find majestic and scenic views of the entire city. The biggest city in Colombia sure does live up to all the hype that it has generated in recent times as a tourist destination, since there are hardly any cities that provide better sight-seeing experiences and grand public venues for sports than Bogota.

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Bolívar Square

Bolívar Square

When it comes to the best things to do in Colombia, the capital city of Bogota has invariably got the best spots and attractions you will find. One of the most recommended places to visit in Bogota is Bolivar Square, which is situated right in the middle of Bogota. It is a historical landmark, and features the statue of Simon Bolivar, which is the first ever public monument of the city.

On the north side of the square, you will find the Supreme Court, which has been built with international style, while there are also lots of French style buildings around in the city square. There are plenty of interesting things to do in Bolivar Square, since it is located right at the heart of the city, and is a melting pot of people from all cultures. You will find lots of great cafes, restaurants and eateries located over here, since this is where all the families and tourists gather for sightseeing, resting and eating.

There are also some museums and art galleries that are nearby, which will provide you with some insight into the incredible history of Bogota, and of Colombia.

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Gold Museum

Gold Museum

The Gold Museum is situated in the city of Bogota in Colombia. At the museum, a rich collection of Pre Hispanic gold work is displayed on the second and third floor, which is considered the largest collection in the world. History enthusiasts will find a lot of interesting things to do in Gold Museum.

In the Main Room on the second floor, there are displays of gold work of different cultures that thrived in Colombia before the arrival of the Europeans. The main hall is divided into different sections that exhibit artworks of different tribes including Zenu, Calima, Muisca, Quimbaya, San Augustín, Tierra dem, Tayrona, Tolima, and Uraba
Gold items were considered sacred by the indigenous people who regarded the shiny yellow metal as a reflection of life. You will find lots of items on display in the museum that are made of gold. Other items on display in the museum include shell, geologystone, pottery, textile archaeological objects, wood and others.

You can find many other things to do in Gold Museum other than admiring the ancient artifacts. On the first floor of the Gold Museum is located the main entrance. A restaurant and a shop are also situated on the first floor on the museum. Also located in the main room is a special room known as the Despues de Colón or After Columbus. At the end of this museum, you can find the Profunditation Room that has videos about important gold items displayed in the museum.

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Colombian National Museum

If art and history is your thing then you simply have to schedule a visit to the Colombian National Museum, which is the National Museum of Colombia and has got the most extensive collection of culture, art and history in the country. The museum is located in downtown Bogota, and is one of the oldest and biggest museums in Colombia. If you’re looking for things to do in Colombia, you simply can’t go wrong with a visit to the Colombian National Museum, which is one of the oldest museums in South America.

It was constructed in 1823, and has a fortified architecture, which is built with brick and stone. It was initially built for the purpose of a prison, and it remained as one till 1946, and in 1948 it was adapted into a National Museum. The museum has got an extensive collection of artwork, which comprises of over 20,000 pieces from different historical periods. There are also exhibitions related to ethnography and archeology samples that date as far back as 10,000 BC.

Amongst the most popular things to do in the Colombian National Museum in Bogota is checking out the impressive collection of paintings from past masters such as Ignacio Gomez Jaramillo, Alejandro Obregon, Adres de Santa Maria, Guillermo Wiedemann, Martinez Delgado, Fernando Botero and Enrique Grau.

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Maloka Museum

There are many amazing museums located in Bogota, and amongst them is the Maloka Museum. If you want to find great museums to visit, then you need to add this one to you list of things to do in Colombia. It is actually an interactive scientific museum, where visitors can check out an extensive variety of topics, which include subjects such as technology and science.

There isn’t any shortage of things to do in Maloka Museum, which has more than 9 rooms, each of them catering to different topics related to science and technology. It includes the Telecommunications Room, which has got interactive games regarding the computers language, about the communication process, how cell phones work, and games about the binary system.

Another room to check out is The City room, where you can check out 3D images of Bogota, as well as the historical landmarks and the development of the city. There is also a Human room, where visitors can explore the human body with the help of machines. One of the most popular rooms in the museum is the Universe room, which allows visitors to conduct experiments, like checking their weights on different planets in the Solar System.

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Salitre Magico

There are plenty of things to do in Colombia, and when you visit Bogota, then a visit to Salitre Magico is an absolute must. The amusement park has got nearly 40 attractions, which includes the likes of popular rides such as bumper cars, roller coasters, and it has even got its own unique “Castillo del Terror” (Castle of Horror). No wonder it is considered as one of the best places to check out in Bogota, as it is the largest in the city as well as the most important one.

The amusement park was opened in 1973, and it was named Parque El Salitre on its inauguration, and is considered as one of the most cutting edge parks in Latin America. The park was closed down in 1999 as it was being remodeled but was opened in 2000, when it was renamed Salitre Magico. There are lots of interesting rides in the amusement park, some of which have been imported from abroad, and provide tourists with plenty of fun things to do in Salitre Magico.

Apart from the many rides in the park, there are other attractions for children to enjoy, such as the mini-wheel, flying swings and some amazing high intensity roller coasters.

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Guadalupe Hill

There are plenty of amazing things to do in Colombia, which includes checking out the many attractions in the capital city of the country, Bogota. Amongst them is checking out Guadalupe Hill, which is a small hill that has got some houses and a shrine that’s located 2 miles above sea level. The hill doesn’t attract too many tourists, which is great for you if you want to enjoy some peace and quiet on a hill. The very first chapel that was built on the hill in 1656 was destroyed by 4 earthquakes.

You can check out the amazing 15 meter high statue that is located right at the top of the hill, and was designed by famous sculptor Gustavo Arcila Uribe, in 1946. It also had a small chapel that was dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe, which is amongst the must do things to do in Guadalupe Hill. There are hardly any sight-seeing spots that are better than Guadalupe Hill in Bogota, and it is a must visit destination for every tourist that visits the capital city of Colombia.

There are other more famous hills in Bogota, but none can match the splendor and beauty that is displayed from the top of Guadalupe Hill.

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Monserrate

Monserrate

Monserrate is a mountain that dominates the skies in the capital city of Bogota, Colombia. Rising majestically to a height of 10,341 feet, the mountain is a top tourist attraction in the city. At the summit you can find cafes, restaurants, souvenir shops, and various other attractions. The top of the mountain can be reached by either taking a funicular, an aerial tramway, or by climbing, which is a preferred way for the thrill seekers.

The mountain can also be accessed by a cableway known as Teleférico de Monserrate cable car. It has a capacity of 40 persons and takes around four minutes to reach the top of the mountain when using the cableway. The summit is a famous destination for viewing the sunset in the evening. What's more, visitors can also enjoy breathtaking panoramic view of the city from top of the mountain.

Monserrate, along with the neighboring Guadalupe Hill, are considered icons of the city. It offers a perfect opportunity for a photo op. Here you can create wonderful memories that you can relive at ease later. Overall, the place is a must- visit where you can find many things to do and enjoy.